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Big First Half Lifts Utah Women Over SDSU, 65-52

Kim Smith tallied her 10th double-double of the season Saturday in a win over San Diego State.

Kim Smith tallied her 10th double-double of the season Saturday in a win over San Diego State.

Feb. 5, 2005

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A strong first half led the University of Utah women's basketball team to a 65-52 victory over San Diego State at the Huntsman Center Saturday afternoon. The Utes outscored SDSU 36-11 over the opening 20 minutes and cruised to the Mountain West Conference victory.

Utah (17-5, 6-1 MWC) led by just four points, 13-9, after nine minutes of play. But the Ute defense held San Diego State (6-13, 1-6) to just one field goal for the final 11 minutes of the second half. While the Aztecs couldn't find the basket, Utah took advantage. The Utes outscored San Diego State 22-2 over the remaining time in the first half.

Utah scored 15 consecutive points over a span of just less than six minutes to go on top by 19 points, 28-9. Michelle Elliott scored on a layup for the Aztecs with 4:10 remaining in the half to make it 28-11. The Utes scored the final eight points of the first period to take a 25-point lead into the locker room.

Junior forward Kim Smith scored 12 of her game-high 18 points in the first half for Utah. Junior guard Shona Thorburn had nine points and seven assists by the intermission. The Utes converted 13-of-21 field-goal attempts (61.9 percent) in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Utah pushed its lead to 27 points, just 20 seconds into the second half when Smith scored on a jumper. San Diego State put together its best offensive stretch over the next three mintues. The Aztecs used a 9-0 spurt to pull within 18 points, 38-20.

Back-to-back scores from senior guard Lana Sitterud and sophomore center Camie Allen put Utah back on top by a 42-20 margin. SDSU pulled within 16 points on three occasions. But with 2:27 remaining, a Sitterud three-pointer pushed the Utes' advantage back to 20 points, 65-45. The Aztecs scored the final seven points of the game to get within 13 points, which was as close as they had been since the 7:25 mark of the first half.



Smith pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds to go with her 18 points. It was her 10th double-double on the season and the 21st of her career. Thorburn scored 15 points and dished out nine assists. Sitterud tallied nine points for the Utes, while freshman forward Jessica Perry tacked on eight.

Elliott led San Diego State with 14 points, while Michelle Strawberry tacked on 13.

Utah is back in action Thursday night in Laramie, Wyo. Tipoff from Wyoming's Arena Auditorium is slated for 7 p.m.


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